Past conferences- access to conference information

At the heart of a heartless system, the new student experience?

23rd Feb 2012 - SRHE, Collier Street, London, UK

A one-day SEN seminar discussing partnerships, relationships and generations organised by the Society for Research into Higher Education.

Panel members included:

· Sarah Howls - Head of Widening Participation, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

· Debbie McVitty - Research and Policy Officer (Postgraduates), National Union of Students

· Dr Penelope Griffin - Policy Lead, Bridge Group and Head of Widening Participation at the University of Nottingham

· Dr Sharon Ding - Dean and Director of Studies, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, Open University

The powerpoint presentations for the above event can now be found on-line at http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/details.asp?EID=5

For more information about SRHE contact http://www.srhe.ac.uk/contact_us/

The 4th National Transition Conference (UK)

11th May 2012 - University College London, London, UK

Conference Theme:
The student experience is changing. With a financial and policy landscape that is still in evolution, practitioners and teachers in higher education and schools are adapting fast to an altered set of student expectations and institutional priorities.

Who was it for?
This conference was aimed at staff in higher education institutions, schools, colleges, local authorities and national networks that are involved in supporting learners in making educational transitions, in particular to higher education.

Topics: Peer Mentoring , Peer Assisted Learning , Induction, E-learning, E-induction, Academic Skills Workshops/Resource Development, Widening Participation and Transition, Teaching and Learning to support Transition , Pre-enrolment support and engagement.

Papers from the 2012 conference can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/transition/transition_conference_2012/conference_archive

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Annual Conference 2012, The University of Manchester (UK)

3rd-4th Jul 2012 - Manchester, UK

The title for the 8th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Academy is “Great Expectations – are you ready?”. Higher education is undergoing transformational change throughout the UK and although policies may be diverging amongst the four nations, the principle of students being central is shared. Their expectations of their course, institution and learning experience are rising. Staff and Institutions have their own aims and expectations too. There are three main strands: Student expectations and the learning experience; Supporting staff to deliver student learning experiences of a lifetime; Institutional adaptability. For further access to conference videos go to:  http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/annual-conference/sessions-videos

Bricks, Bed & Higher Education: The Transformation of Student Accommodation in Britain (UK)

18th Oct 2012 - Central London, UK

The last thirty years have seen a remarkable transformation in student accommodation within the Higher Education sector. This has sharpened in the last decade with 'traditional' Halls of Residences being replaced by Accommodation Blocks and Student Villages, often built under Public-Private Partnerships.This SRHE SEN one-day event brings together architects, human geographers and HE academics to discuss what has happened, its wider implications, and its possible futures.
Presentations can be found at:
http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/details.asp?eid=68

Improving provision for care leavers - implementing the Care Leaver Covenant and local offers and the transition into further education and employment (UK)

9th Jan 2020 - Central London, UK

The agenda
Areas for discussion include:
•         Policy priorities for supporting care leavers;
•         Implementation of local offers, funding for local authorities and developing effective partnerships;
•         Progress in implementing key measures for supporting young people leaving care - the care leaver covenant, social impact bonds and raising attainment in higher education;
•         Inspecting the standard of support for care leavers; and
•         Case studies in improving outcomes for care leavers - transition to further and higher education, supporting care leavers into work and ensuring effective support is available until 25.
 
The Care Leaver Covenant
With more than 50 employers, charities and all central government departments committing to the Covenant, delegates will assess progress made in its implementation and how to ensure young people are aware of and take up the opportunities it offers.

For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/provision-for-care-leavers-20

Next steps for supporting student mental health

21st Jan 2020 - Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London

This conference focuses on supporting student mental health - looking at latest developments, priorities, and the responsibilities of the HE sector.

Areas for discussion include
The recently published government-backed University Mental Health Charter; Innovative approaches to mental health support in HEIs - including prevention and supporting a diverse body of students at risk, and during the transition to university; and Developing a whole university framework for mental health, and collaboration with outside bodies.

For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conference/supporting-student-mental-health-19

Priorities for supporting student mental health-Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference (UK)

21st Jan 2020 - Central London, UK

The agenda in summary
•    The development of the University Mental Health Charter;
•    Supporting first year students as they transition to university;
•    Improving visibility and accessibility of mental health services and new approaches to identifying students at risk;
•    Developing a collaborative, multi-agency approach to mental health provision on campus; and
•    Innovative approaches to promoting emotional wellbeing and building resilience.
 
The University Mental Health Charter - With renewed focus by Government on student mental health, delegates will discuss the development and implementation of the Government-backed University Mental Health Charter, which is due to be published in December 2019.
 
Attendees will assess the Charter’s key principles, which are expected to include an emphasis on university-wide involvement, an evidence-based and collaborative approach to Charter development and implementation, and a recognition of diversity both amongst HEIs and their varying approaches to support, as well as within the student population and individual needs.
 
There will be a keynote contribution from Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds, which is leading the development of the Charter, on key messages from the consultation and next steps for developing assessment and piloting the scheme in 2020. 

Strategies for the prevention of mental health issues- Delegates will consider how schools, colleges and universities can better support students transitioning to university, with a particular focus on students from disadvantaged or non-traditional backgrounds.
 
It follows the Government announcement of a new taskforce, the Education Transitions Network, dedicated to developing measures to support students in four key risk areas for mental health - arising from the pressures of living and learning independently, and the challenges of forming healthy relationships and access to support for their wellbeing.

For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/supporting-student-mental-health-19

Next steps for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework

23rd Jan 2020 - Royal Over-Seas League, London

This conference will examine the development of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

As higher education institutions prepare for TEF submissions, delegates will discuss the outcome of the Independent Review of the TEF and examine any subsequent revisions to the metrics and methodology.

For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conference/teaching-excellence-framework-20

New approaches to the teacher training of doctoral researchers

24th Jan 2020 - SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London

Doctoral researchers frequently take on significant roles in teaching and play a considerable part in the educational experience of students.  For undergraduates, doctoral researchers are often among the first academics they encounter, which confirms the important role postgraduates perform in enabling the transition to University life.  Undergraduates may, also, find doctoral researchers more approachable and less intimidating than senior teaching staff; so, in addition to educational support they become vital protagonists in student wellbeing.  Despite the key contribution doctoral researchers make to education, national survey data from the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) shows little change since 2015 with only 60% of respondents reporting they have received ‘appropriate support and guidance’ for their teaching.  Moreover, postgraduates need to find ways of managing their teaching alongside their research, all of which present a new set of challenges that conventional teacher training courses may not address.  This day event will explore some of the innovative ways that institutions are supporting doctoral researchers in their teaching roles and why appropriate support matters.


For more information, go to: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/details.asp?eid=448

International graduate employability: Making good on the promise

28th Jan 2020 - 20 Tavistock Square London

This conference will pull together expertise from the UK and around the world to help participants learn from their counterparts and competitors. It will be underpinned by case studies drawn from new research by UUKi and AGCAS to answer the question: how can we prepare our international graduates for global success?


For more information, please contact events@universitiesuk.ac.uk or 020 7419 5535.

https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events/Pages/Employability-and-skills-the-international-perspective.aspx

NCOP: what’s next?

29th Jan 2020 - Birmingham

In the next 18 months the NCOP project will be reaching a vital point as it moves towards the end of the second phase. As NCOP’s are expected to deliver targeted outreach within current wards – this is a crucial time to review the progress that NCOP has made and also discuss its future. To support the work of NCOP partnerships, NEON is holding this summit to enable NCOP practitioners to:
•    Discuss the delivery objectives for the NCOP project in its second phase
•    Hear from policymakers and other partners
•    Learn about evaluation and how it shows that NCOP is making a difference
•    Examine what makes NCOP sustainable
•    Share best practice and discuss some of the challenges of the second phase.

For more information, go to: https://www.educationopportunities.co.uk/events/ncop-whats-next/

Can data drive access & participation?

29th Jan 2020 - Birmingham

‘Can data drive access & participation? How data can help higher education providers and partnerships meet their targets’


Delegates will also hear new perspectives on assessing progress in widening access work at the institutional and national level with the launch of the new NEON report: ‘Hitting the Target: What Access and Participation Plans tell us about access to HE.’


This event will examine the range of data available regarding who participates and succeeds in HE and how it is and can be used to drive improvements in students outcomes. It will outline the different data sources available and identify their relevance and use to those with responsibility for access & participation in HE providers and partnerships. Delegates will gain a greater understanding of how data on participation, achievement and progression can enhance the impact their work in the area of widening access to HE.


For more information, go to: https://www.educationopportunities.co.uk/events/data-and-widening-access-to-higher-education/

Wellbeing When Writing

5th Feb 2020 - University of Westminster, London

Wellbeing When Writing: Supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing During the Doctoral Writing Process

This workshop acknowledges that the very process of writing doctoral research is often ignored as a key factor frequently causing debilitating anxiety and stress. The overall aim of the workshop is to share best practice in supporting students in proactively tackling writing-related anxiety and stress and thus to improve confidence, resilience and a sense of wellbeing.


For more information, go to: http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/events/wellbeing20-149.aspx

Let's Talk Value Conference 2020 (UK)

11th Feb 2020 - Woburn House, London

This one-day conference will discuss the integrated reporting framework, new developments, challenges and progress in how institutions communicate and report the value created through education and research.

For more information, go to: https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/programmes-events/conferences/LTVConf20

Supervisor Development

12th Feb 2020 - Curzon Building, Birmingham City University

Supervisor Development - Reflection & Recognition: Enhancing Professional Development For Doctoral Supervisors

This full-day workshop, for those responsible for the professional development of research supervisors, official launches the UKCGE's new Research Supervision Recognition Programme—a reflective practice toolkit—and shares details of how it can be used to enable targeted professional development.

For more information, go to: http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/events/supervisorsrpt20-158.aspx

Place, inequality and undergraduate mobilities in college-based and university-based higher education

12th Feb 2020 - SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London

Mobility has always been associated with undergraduate education in the UK. Traditionally, students leave the familial home and move into university accommodation, and this move signals a shift to a student identity as well as acting as a precursor to adult life. In recent years, this expectation has been complicated by a growing trend of students studying at their ‘local’ higher education institution, and by an understanding that relocation is not the only possible form of undergraduate mobility (Finn and Holton, 2019). This seminar seeks to problematise the national narrative further by highlighting the differences in patterns of mobility in different places in the country, taking a socio-spatial approach that identifies inequalities of access, privilege and distribution of higher education as a resource, as well as exploring students’ multi-faceted relationships to place and movement. Including students studying higher education at Further Education colleges as well as universities, and taking into account the diversity of places from which students attend undergraduate education in the UK, the seminar offers perspectives on ways of researching and theorising spatial inequality and seeks to create spaces for further geographical discussion.


For more information, go to: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/details.asp?eid=446

Widening Participation in Post Graduate study Working Group

13th Feb 2020 - TBC

This NEON working group is an on-going forum with a focus on:

•    Supporting WP UG students into PG study – working with careers advisers and academic staff to provide effective IAG on what PG study is, and whether it is the right choice for them.


•    Considering diversity of incoming PG cohorts. Known participation gaps exist across the sector across various WP indicators; HE participation at UG level does not always result in a level playing field.

For more information, go to: https://www.educationopportunities.co.uk/events/widening-participation-in-post-graduate-study-working-group-13th-february-2020/

Next steps for open research data in the UK

13th Feb 2020 - Central London

This conference will consider the way forward for open research data (ORD) in the UK.

Discussion will focus on progress, outstanding issues and next steps in the UK for data that is FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

It takes place in the context of the Open Research Data Task Force’s final report - Realising the potential - which built upon the principles of the Concordat on Open Research Data and set out recommendations in the areas of:
•    Incentives - a stronger system to encourage researchers to create and use open data;
•    Leadership, coordination and oversight of open data policy - and the role of UKRI;
•    Developing user-friendly services;
•    Data storage - clarification of expectations from stakeholders including funders, research organisations, learned societies and publishers; and
•    Costs, funding and business models.

For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conference/open-research-data-20



39th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (USA)

21st-24th Feb 2020 - Washington DC, USA

The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience provides an ongoing forum where higher education professionals can share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year.

The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience is designed to provide educators from every segment of higher education a comfortable, welcoming environment to share innovative ideas, programs, tools, and research critical to the learning, development, and success of first-year college students. The conference aims to promote a comprehensive and engaging community open to a diversity of ideas, in which all delegates are given the opportunity and resources to grow personally and professionally. The conference welcomes graduate and undergraduate students, encouraging them to deepen their knowledge of the academic communities of which they are a part. 


For more information, go to:
https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/national_resource_center/events/conferences/first-year_experience/index.php

The next steps for the Further Education sector in England (UK)

27th Feb 2020 - Central London

The next steps for the Further Education sector in England - governance, accountability and ensuring quality provision

This conference will assess the future governance and accountability of further education (FE) colleges and how to ensure quality provision.


Areas for discussion include:
•    Reforming college oversight, the new insolvency regime and improving the sector’s financial resilience;
•    College provision in local areas, restructuring, and the future of the merger process; and
•    Improving FE provision within colleges, and strengthening the relationship with employers and HE.

It follows the government announcement of £400m in funding for providers of 16-19 education to be spread across 257 colleges in England, which aims to alleviate financial uncertainty in the sector.

The conference will be an opportunity to examine the findings of the independent review of how the government monitors FE college finances and financial management being led by Dame Mary Ney, following its expected publication.

For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conference/further-education-sector-in-England-20

Experiences of LGBTQ+ Postgraduate Students

27th Feb 2020 - Exam Halls, Student Services Centre, University of Cambridge

As the UK HE sector collectively acts to improve the diversity of the research community and promote inclusive cultures in higher education institutions, we keep encountering gaps in our understanding of how particular groups of students perceive and experience inequality.
One such gap concerns LGBTQ+ postgraduate students. Attention has rightly focused on the need to queer undergraduate teaching curricula, but comparatively little is understood about the experiences of LGBTQ+ postgrads.


Questions include:
•    What is it like coming/being out as a postgrad?
•    How can institutions ensure that policies and practices are inclusive?
•    What can supervisors be doing to support LGTBQ+ students?
•    How do we call out homophobia/transphobia in the academy and, specifically, empower early-career researchers to do so?
•    What are the implications and challenges of researching queer subjects as an LGBTQ+ person?
 
The workshop will invite current and recent postgrads to share their experiences, as well as considering recent scholarship. It will be interactive and discussion-based, with a view to enabling delegates to take practical ideas back to their home institutions.

For more information, go to: http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/events/lgbt20-151.aspx

Enhancing the student experience

27th Feb 2020 - Woburn House, London

This one-day conference hosted by Universities UK will bring together sector leaders to look at how the sector can enhance the student experience in a drastically fast-moving world. The conference is an opportunity for delegates to hear from and engage with experts as well as network with colleagues and speakers.

For more information, go to:  https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events/Pages/Enhancing-the-student-experience-2020.aspx

Entrepreneurship on campus (UK)

10th Mar 2020 - Central London

Entrepreneurship on campus - embedding enterprise in the curriculum, supporting student start-ups and increasing diversity. This conference will bring out latest thinking on developing enterprise and entrepreneurship in higher education.

Areas for discussion include:
•    Embedding enterprise in the curriculum;
•    Supporting student start-ups and increasing diversity; and
•    How universities can better support student entrepreneurs.

Being held near the start of the new parliament the conference comes amid some significant policy developments. It will follow publication of the Stace Review - commissioned by government and backed by the Prince’s Trust - which is considering the barriers preventing young people from starting up a business and will propose measures to support enterprising young people from all backgrounds.

The discussion also takes place in the context of the government target to increase the number of female entrepreneurs in the UK by 50% by 2030, following the recommendations of the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, which called on the business community to increase the resources available to education providers, including universities, to teach about starting a business.


For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conference/Enterprise-and-entrepreneurship-in-higher-education-20

Tackling violence, harassment and hate incidents

11th Mar 2020 - Woburn House, London

This highly-regarded national conference will explore what progress has been made in the sector since the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission review into racial harassment in October 2019, as well as other topics such as addressing online harassment, and how to tackle LGBT hate crime affecting students and staff.

For more information, go to: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events/Pages/Tackling-harassment.aspx

Tackling violence, harassment and hate incidents

11th Mar 2020 - Woburn House, London

This highly-regarded national conference will explore what progress has been made in the sector since the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission review into racial harassment in October 2019, as well as other topics such as addressing online harassment, and how to tackle LGBT hate crime affecting students and staff.

For more information, go to: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events/Pages/Tackling-harassment.aspx

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2020 (UK)

17th-19th Mar 2020 - Radisson Blu, Edinburgh

Courageous conversations and adventurous approaches: Creative thinking in tackling inequality
2020 will see Advance HE bring together the annual EDI conference with the biannual Scottish conference into a three day conference with the theme.

For more information, go to: https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/programmes-events/conferences/EDIConf20